Monday, September 5, 2011

Zillow: Southern states dominate list BY INMAN NEWS, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2011. Inman News™

10 metros with greatest 5-year gain in real estate values 

Online real estate valuation and search company Zillow has calculated the 10 U.S. metro areas that have experienced the largest gains in home values over the past five years, based on the company's home-value estimates and its Zillow Home Value Index, which is generated from those value estimates.
Markets in the Southern U.S. dominate the list, accounting for eight of 10 markets. Of the other two markets, one is in upstate New York and the other is in the Pacific Northwest.
The five-year gains in estimated value range from 0.6 percent to 16.9 percent, while the estimated gains in dollar value range from $667 to $21,444.
Methodology: Zillow's Zestimate home valuations are the basis for the Zillow Home Value Index. A Zestimate is Zillow's estimate of the current market value for a home. The Zillow Home Value Index is the median Zestimate valuation for a given geographic area on a given day. Zillow generates valuations several times a week on more than 70 million homes, or roughly three out of four homes in the U.S., and calculates historical values dating back to 1997.
The statistical models underlying the Zestimates control for the mix of housing for sale by finding patterns in the types of homes that are selling and then applying these patterns to all homes. If only a few homes of a certain type sell in a given period, the models can extract the information from those sales and apply that information to all homes of that type. --Source: Zillow.

Jacksonville, N.C.

July 2011 Zillow Home Value Index$148,099
ZHVI 5 years ago$126,655
Value difference (by percent)16.9%
Value difference (in dollars)$21,444

Boating near Jacksonville, N.C. Image courtesy of dougtone.

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